Han Solo's leather bomber jacket sold for an impressive $191K, all of which will go toward finding a cure for epilepsy and seizures.
Actor Harrison Ford doesn’t just play heroes on television, he is one in real life, too. Because his daughter has been undergoing treatment for epilepsy at NYU’s Langone Medical Center, Ford decided to auction the brown leather bomber jacket he wore in the latest Star Wars movie to help find a cure for epilepsy and seizures.
Newsweek reports that the iconic jacket sold at auction in March for $191,000, much to the delight of everyone involved.
Said Ford in a statement:
“I’ve been very impressed with the work NYU and the FACES team have done in the field of epilepsy research, and I hope this jacket will provide some means to further that exploration. This is a cause that’s near and dear to me, and unlike the cynical Han Solo, I’ve got a good feeling about this.”
The auction began with a minimum bid of $18,000 but skyrocketed to over 10 times its initial amount. Ford also signed and dated the inside of the jacket, which came with a certificate of authenticity from LucasFilm.
Hopefully, Ford’s generous donation will assist researchers in learning more about epilepsy and seizures and how they may be prevented and remedied naturally.
This isn’t the first time Star Wars memorabilia has been auctioned and brought in big bucks. Days before The Force Awakens hit theaters in December, a 600-item cache of rare Star Wars toys sold for $502,000. And, a few months earlier, the infamous bikini Princess Leia wore as Jabba the Hut’s “slave” in Return of the Jedi brought in $96,000.
The movies not only inspire faith in good prevailing over evil, they obviously draw plenty of attention and funds which can be allotted to research organizations in need.
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